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With tree lot open, The Plant Foundry hosts special events

Small Business Saturday and Holiday Open House coming soon

Aretha, the cat at The Plant Foundry, oversees garlands for the holiday season. The urban nursery has special events scheduled this weekend and Dec. 2.

Aretha, the cat at The Plant Foundry, oversees garlands for the holiday season. The urban nursery has special events scheduled this weekend and Dec. 2.

Courtesy The Plant Foundry

It’s undeniably holiday season at local nurseries as fresh (often local) evergreens have arrived – just in time for Thanksgiving weekend!

In Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood, The Plant Foundry opened its tree lot early with hundreds of fresh firs – particularly California red fir “silvertips” and noble firs. Aretha, the store mascot and official greeter, supervised the garland and wreath-making station, featuring fresh cedar and other evergreens.

“Our crew worked tirelessly all day (Saturday and Sunday) putting up trees,” posted the store’s staff.

Unloading the trees was only part of the job. As is the store’s tradition, ever tree has a name (often after sports stars or celebrities).

The Plant Foundry also offers delivery to nearby zip codes, including 95816, 95817, 95818, 95819 and 95820. Other parts of greater Sacramento can arrange for delivery, too, by calling 916-917-5787.

On Saturday, Nov. 25, The Plant Foundry will celebrate “Small Business Saturday” – the #ShopSmall antidote to Black Friday. Special deals and a welcoming atmosphere will fill the urban nursery and garden store, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The following Saturday, Dec. 2, The Plant Foundry welcomes everyone to its annual Holiday Open House. “Refreshments! Santa! 4RFriends Pet Adoptions! Christmas Trees & Gifts Galore! Rain or Shine!” posted owner Angela Pratt to Facebook.

The special festivities are set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 2. Admission is free. Nearby street parking is available.

The Plant Foundry is at 3500 Broadway, Sacramento.

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For week of Nov. 26:

Concentrate on helping your garden stay comfortable during these frosty nights – and clean up all those leaves!

* Irrigate frost-tender plants such as citrus in the late afternoon. That extra soil moisture increases temperatures around the plant a few degrees, just enough to prevent frost damage. The exception are succulents; too much water before frost can cause them to freeze.

* Cover sensitive plants before the sun goes down. Use cloth sheets or frost cloths, not plastic sheeting, to hold in warmth. Make sure to remove covers in the morning.

* Use fall leaves as mulch around shrubs and vegetables. Mulch acts as a blanket and keeps roots warmer.

* Stop dead-heading; let rose hips form on bushes to prompt dormancy.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs.

* Clean and sharpen garden tools before storing for the winter.

* Brighten the holidays with winter bloomers such as poinsettias, amaryllis, calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies and primroses.

* Keep poinsettias in a sunny, warm location – and definitely indoors overnight. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they’ll bloom again next December.

* Rake and remove dead leaves and stems from dormant perennials.

* Plant spring bulbs. Don’t forget the tulips chilling in the refrigerator. Daffodils can be planted without pre-chilling.

* This is also a good time to seed wildflowers and plant such spring bloomers as sweet peas, sweet alyssum and bachelor buttons.

* Plant trees and shrubs. They’ll benefit from fall and winter rains while establishing their roots.

* Set out cool-weather annuals such as pansies and snapdragons.

* Lettuce, cabbage and broccoli also can be planted now.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* Bare-root season begins now. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb.

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